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Russia and Belarus suspended from Council of Baltic Sea States

Russia and Belarus have been suspended from the Council of Baltic Sea States (CEMB) in response to Moscow’s aggression against Ukraine and Minsk’s involvement in the conflict, according to the European Union.

According to the European Union’s External Action Service, quoted by the Spanish news agency EFE, Europe “agrees with the other members of the CEMB on the suspension of Russia and Belarus, which will remain in force until it is possible to resume cooperation based on respect for fundamental principles of international law”.

The CEMB is composed of the European Union together with Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland and Sweden and functions as a regional forum for cooperation between the countries that share the waters of the Baltic Sea.

Russia is one of the co-founders of the Council and Belarus is an observer state of the CEMB, whose presidency is currently held by Norway.

Source: with agencies

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